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GOJ lifts state of emergency for Kansai region

  • May 22, 2020
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All national dailies wrote that the GOJ lifted on Thursday the state of emergency for Osaka, Kyoto, and Hyogo, as the spread of the novel coronavirus has slowed enough to justify the gradual easing of curbs on economic activity in the Kansai region. The rate of new cases per 100,000 people in the three prefectures cleared the government-set criterion of less than 0.5 in the preceding week, with Osaka marking 0.17 and both Kyoto and Hyogo marking 0.04 on Wednesday.

 

Prime Minister Abe told the press that as the number of new infections is steadily declining and the strain on the medical system is easing in the five prefectures still under the state of emergency, his administration will ask experts as early as next Monday to evaluate the situations there to see whether it will be possible to lift the declaration. Noting that Tokyo confirmed 11 new cases on Thursday, marking 0.42 per 100,000 people in the preceding week, the paper speculated that the state of emergency could be lifted in the Tokyo metropolitan area as early as next week if this level is maintained in the region over the weekend.

 

Economic Revitalization Minister Nishimura, who is in charge of emergency response, said at a Lower House Steering Committee meeting on Thursday that the GOJ will make a comprehensive decision by monitoring such metrics as the speed of new cases doubling and the rate of patients with unknown infection routes, while stressing that it is important to prepare for a second wave of infection.

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